It's National Families Week and Kinderling Conversation's been celebrating families in all their fabulous forms this week. From emergency foster carers to friends who became parents to families born around the world, we spoke to inspiring people who shared their own heartfelt experiences of family, kids and caring. Here are their stories...
Dad Matt Stegh co-parents with a friend
Matt says he always knew he wanted to be a dad, but he also knew he didn’t want to do it the conventional way. So, he found a friend. Fast forward nine years and he, his friend and his son make one successful and happy family.
Julie Green and Georgie Smart discuss blended families
"Communication, communication, communication," is what Julie Green, Executive Director of the Raising Children Network, told us it takes to make a happy blended family. Hear Julie's advice and Georgie Smart's personal experience of the challenging and rewarding aspects that make large blended families work.
Janet and Lisa discuss becoming foster carers
Janet and Lisa are respite and emergency foster carers for Stretch-a-Family in Sydney. They often take kids when they are at their most vulnerable, but they say that it’s fun, rewarding and that it makes a real difference.
Saman Shad had three babies on three different continents
Journalist Saman Shad talked us through travelling with tiny babies and toddlers, and explains what it's like bringing up mixed-race children in Australia today.
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5 reasons why I'm glad I have an outspoken child
The "now" may be challenging, but the future is looking bright.
Is it so wrong to cuddle my babies to sleep every night?
I cuddle my little loves to sleep every night. But is that so bad?
"I stopped lamenting the way my husband parents, and I'm so much happier"
Not everyone does things the same way!
6 things kids need to be shown by their parents
"As much as they are sponges, they are mirrors!"
Exhausted mum fell asleep on the floor. Her husband's response was perfect.
Here's to team work!
4 truth bombs about baby sleep we need to just accept already
Are you actually surprised that your bub keeps waking up at 6am?
A Sydney school has banned party invitations, and I'm actually all for it
Their reasoning is surprisingly solid when you think about it.
Dad desperate for answers after toddler locks iPad for 47 YEARS
Well ... that's one way to do away with screen time!